"It has been a year of "firsts" for the Duchess of Cornwall, who has successfully navigated her way through her first solo engagements and her first overseas tour since marrying the heir to the throne.
Now she faces another, possibly more critical, challenge; her first royal Christmas at Sandringham - with her in-laws...
Each member of the Royal Family awakes on Christmas morning to stockings at the foot of their bed, usually filled with small gifts and fruit.
Then after a full English breakfast, they attend Christmas morning service at St Mary Magdalene, the church on the estate.
All members, except the Queen and those with tiny children, walk to the church, where they are watched by crowds of well-wishers.
Back at Sandringham, they settle down to a traditional Christmas lunch at 1pm, including a turkey reared on the estate and all the trimmings, before gathering around the television set to watch the Queen's Christmas broadcast at 3pm.
In the afternoon, the Queen has been known to take her corgis for a stroll, and other members of the family work off their lunch with some gentle outdoor exercise. The evening is spent relaxing, playing games and watching television, much as in other households across the land."
24 December 2005
Jingling all the way
Let's have some sympathy for those who have to spend Christmas Day with their idiot relatives. From The Telegraph (here):